Pediatric swallowing and feeding disorders are seen in 25-35% of normally developing children and 50-70% of children born premature or with chronic medical conditions.
Swallowing disorders, also commonly referred to as Dysphagia, can result from decreased function of the oral, pharyngeal or esophageal structures.
Swallowing disorders are often the result of structural weakness or dysfunction and result in difficulty with the actual act of moving food/liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Whereas, a feeding disorder is often behaviorally motivated and results in the refusal of or an aversion to food. These conditions can be present in people of all ages but are most commonly seen in children. Feeding and swallowing disorders can occur concurrently or independently of one another.
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